What is Civil Air Patrol?

Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, as a way to protect the nation’s shorelines from invading German U-boats, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

What is Civil Air Patrol?

Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, as a way to protect the nation’s shorelines from invading German U-boats, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Become a Cadet

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. Learn how you can become a CAP Cadet.

Become a Senior Member

Looking for a way to give back? Adult volunteers have the opportunity to perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of government agencies.

Become a Friend of CAP

Are you interested in supporting CAP but don’t have the time to make the commitment as a member?  Become a Friend of CAP and support CAP’s service to our communities and nation.
CAP Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Excellence, & Volunteer Service

The core values outlined above serve as the foundation for how CAP members treat one another; how they treat the recipients of CAP’s humanitarian service; and how they care for the corporate assets under their control. These basic commandments form CAP’s ethical centerline – a moral compass for the organization.

Latest News

Latest News

Basic Wilderness First Aid & CPR = Huge Success!

Basic Wilderness First Aid & CPR = Huge Success!

On March 17, 2018, Delaware County Composite Squadron 1007 hosted a Basic Wilderness First Aid & CPR Course for both cadets and senior members with an overwhelming response. Members...

Recruitment Drive!

Recruitment Drive!

Attention Cadets! Do you want to earn $150? The cadet to earn the most recruitment ribbons and devices by May 30, 2018, will earn a $150 scholarship to be used towards encampment or Hawk Mountain...

Latest National News

Latest National News

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With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary Dec.1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with Col. Frank Blazich of the Col....

Morris Takes Command of SW Region

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